Dress Code May Hinder Their Work, Air Marshals Say

The New York Times > Washington > Dress Code May Hinder Their Work, Air Marshals Say: “Beards are out. So are jeans and athletic shoes. Suit coats are in, even on the steamiest summer days.

That dress code, imposed by the Department of Homeland Security, makes federal air marshals uneasy – and not just because casual clothes are more comfortable in cramped airline seats. The marshals fear that their appearance makes it easier for terrorists to identify them, according to a professional group representing more than 1,300 air marshals.

‘If a 12-year-old can pick them out, a trained terrorist has no problem picking them out,’ said John D. Amat, a spokesman for the group, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.”